Los Angeles Uncontested Divorce Attorneys
Helping You Navigate the Uncontested Divorce Process
Are you thinking of ending your marriage?
If you and your spouse are willing to work together and are able to agree (or compromise) on all matters related to your divorce, that is considered an "uncontested divorce."
Uncontested divorce proceedings do not go to trial, but it is still very important to involve a skilled divorce lawyer in Los Angeles. Although you and your spouse may be in agreement, you must make sure you address all of the necessary issues and that you have a legal professional to advise you of your rights and options. Claery & Hammond, LLP is here to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Schedule your free consultation online with Claery & Hammond, LLP to discuss your next steps!
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Divorces for any couple can go one of two ways, simple or difficult. In legal terminology, these two different roads would be called uncontested or contested divorces.
What Is an Uncontested Divorce?
The route that many couples hope to have when choosing to divorce is usually the uncontested divorce path. This means that the couple is willing and able to work with one another. A courtroom battle is unnecessary.
Spouses (with the help of their individual uncontested divorce attorneys) will establish their agreements for custody, support and visitation, property/asset division, as well as alimony.
What Is a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is when spouses cannot agree on the issues mentioned above. It may be just one or two of them or all of them. Such cases must go before a judge, who will then decide on these issues on behalf of the divorcing couple.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is used when spouses believe that they can come to a mutual agreement regarding the end of their marriage. An unbiased third party will go through the details of the divorce and give the spouses the chance to talk matters over with one another while staying on topic and covering all of the grounds.
In divorce mediation, it is highly recommended that each spouse still have their own personal attorneys representing them. In the event that the two spouses are unable to come to an agreement, this is considered to be a contested divorce. When this is the case between spouses, there is usually a lot of tension and conflict involved because not only can they not come to an agreement, but also the many background details that led to their split can make emotions run high.
Mediation is still an option for those who are contesting the divorce because it will be less money than a court hearing; however, many times if no agreement can be made and each spouse is looking for results, taking it to court may be their best option.
As you can see, having an attorney to represent your specific needs is essential.
Benefits of Uncontested Divorce in California
There are many different benefits involved in choosing to complete an uncontested divorce rather than a contested divorce in court. The biggest is that it is easier on both spouses and any children involved from an emotional standpoint, often allowing spouses to preserve a friendly relationship that makes ongoing custody and support arrangements easier to comply with. It also tends to be much cheaper since you don't have to go to court.
In addition, spouses who reach their own agreements regarding child custody, child support, visitation, property division, and spousal support are often able to work out arrangements that better suit their unique needs. Whereas a judge would make a ruling based on the law on the matter, spouses in an uncontested divorce can reach their own arrangement that fits their lifestyles and needs, whatever these may be.
Going Through Uncontested Divorce? Call a Lawyer!
Ending a marriage does not have to be an expensive, arduous process. An uncontested divorce is often a viable solution for spouses who are on relatively amicable terms and can agree upon the many issues that will need to be addressed in order to legally end their marriage.
Even if you and your spouse both want to end your marriage, it is very important to understand that divorce is a legal action that can have legal ramifications. By working with the Los Angeles uncontested divorce lawyers at Claery & Hammond, LLP, you can trust that your rights will be protected and that all aspects of your separation will be handled according to the law. Our founding attorney, Lance Claery, is dedicated to helping clients obtain the best possible outcomes in their family law proceedings.
If you would like to learn more about uncontested divorce in California, call us at (310) 817-6904!